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Flinders Island Gourmet Retreat at Cooma House Cooking School

We offer in-house cooking schools - hands on and/or demonstrations in a light filled commercial teaching kitchen at a luxury guesthouse where we can cater for private functions too. Seasonal cooking schools of two nights accommodation with all meals and a day of hands-on school are offered. Minimum numbers apply or book the whole accommodation for your get-away for a wedding, special party or group activity. Make pasta from scratch or curries-not-from-a-jar. Make jams or relishes from seasonal surplus garden produce. Your host and owner, Wendy Jubb Stoney is a trained teacher with a background of cooking with some of Australia's best chefs. Indulge yourself with meals using produce from the garden and the local environment. Sit at the century old dining table and enjoy being served, matched with something from the cellar. Visiting the website shows upcoming events including cooking schools by Wendy or local and visiting chefs. Stay a few days and do a tour. It is a luxury guesthouse with 5 guest rooms and en-suites with separate toilet. Rooms have bespoke furnishings and artworks. The sitting rooms, library, open fire, north facing courtyard and views to the sea all offer peace and harmony in whatever season.

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Force 10 Fishing Charters

At Force 10 Fishing Charters in Tasmania's south East coast, your experience will be both rewarding and fun. Nothing satisfies the crew more than being able to give their clients the ability to thoroughly enjoy their time on the outstanding waters of the spectacular Tasmanian coastline. Whether it is a corporate or group booking or a one-on-one charter, Force 10 Fishing Charters offer the perfect experience. To help you plan your charter you should book according to the fish you wish to catch. Force 10 offer a range of fishing options from deep sea to bay and game fishing. To see what times of the year are suitable for your fishing preferences, visit Force 10's website for all the answers. Departure point is from the Pirates Bay Jetty, Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman peninsula. Force 10's charters go to a variety of locations on the South East coast offering a great fishing experience every time. Prices vary depending on the type of charter you require starting at AUD250 per person to 300 per person. Their boat is 2 C AMSA Survey and can carry groups up to of 10 people.

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Frank's Cider House and Cafe

Frank's Cider House and Cafe, is located in the historic, town of Franklin, just 40 minutes south of Hobart in the beautiful Huon Valley. The former St John's Church Hall is now a cosy cafe and the cellar door of Frank's Cider. Free tastings of Frank's multi award winning ciders, complement the local gourmet menu on offer. Prepare to feast on seasonal delicacies such as smoked salmon from the pristine Huon River, and fresh Tasmanian scallops. Seasonal fruits are the focus of the dessert menu, with cider featured in many dishes such as Frank's famous apple cider scones. Frank was the third of six generations of the Clark Family, who have tended "Woodside Orchard" since the 1830s. Discover this history as you wander through the incorporated Jane Franklin Memorial Museum, while sipping a sparkling cider. After a delicious lunch and visit to the museum, take a stroll along the banks of the Huon River. Takeaway cider sales and great coffee are also available.

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Franklin River Rafting

Franklin River Rafting run 8 and 10-day whitewater rafting tours led by guides who have been handpicked for their experience, skill and intimate knowledge of the river. Providing the best equipment, great food and what many have called “the journey-of- a-lifetime” down one of the most beautiful, inspiring and isolated rivers in the world. People have described our 8 and 10-day whitewater rafting tours of the Franklin River as one of the most amazing experiences of their life. Tasmania’s Franklin River provides one of the best expedition rafting tours on the planet. The best way to truly experience its spectacular magic and majesty is on a whitewater rafting tour with Franklin River Rafting. With its clear pure water and even cleaner air, the Franklin is one of the last truly wild rivers running through one of the most undisturbed environments on Earth. And the good news is you don’t need any previous whitewater rafting experience to join us … just a sense of adventure, a love of the outdoors and a basic level of fitness. Franklin River Rafting love this place and are very keen to share this experience with you.

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Freycinet Adventures

Specialising in guided sea kayaking tours, multi-award winning Freycinet Adventures is a family owned and operated business. The Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's east coast, is undeniably Tasmania's greatest destination for sea kayaking. This relaxed, guided sea kayak tour is the ultimate way to experience Freycinet National Park. The contrasts are stunning - pink granite mountains, pristine sandy beaches and blue waters so clear you feel you can touch the marine life below, a true sea kayaking paradise. No experience necessary, suitable for all ages. Tours include morning or afternoon tea break on a secluded beach, experienced guides, double sea kayak, and all equipment is provided. Tours depart daily (morning and twilight) for a duration of three hours (approximately two hours kayaking).

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Freycinet Air

Freycinet Air operates scenic flights over the east coast of Tasmania and specialize in Wineglass Bay and Freycinet National Park, from Friendly Beaches, near Coles Bay. The company has been operating since 1997 and offers charter and scenic flights in their 4 seat Cessna 172s, 6 seat twin engine Partenavia and now offering Helicopter flights a 5 seat AS350. Freycinet Peninsula is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world with its combination of mountains, forests and white beaches. The best way to experience this amazing but inaccessible location is by taking a scenic flight. All flights provide unparalleled views of the beautiful Wineglass Bay, the Hazards and the Freycinet Peninsula. You will also experience the Swan River, Schouten Island and miles of unspoilt white sand beaches with turquoise water. You may extend your flight south to Maria Island or along the coast to Swansea and then north to Bicheno. Join us on this once in a life time experience and let Tasmania's natural beauty take your breath away. Freycinet Air flies from Friendly Beaches Airfield, located 18 kilometres north of Coles Bay.

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Freycinet Charters

Freycinet Charters is a family-owned boat tour business that operates out of Coles Bay, located on the mid east coast of Tasmania. They offer highly personalised boat charters for smaller families, special interest and social groups in and around Freycinet National Park, Schouten Island, Wineglass Bay and Great Oyster Bay on their 9.5 metre purpose-built Noosa Cat charter vessel.

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Freycinet Experience Walk

The Freycinet Experience Walk is the original four-day journey along the stunning Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania's East Coast. Set against the dramatic granite backdrop of the pink-hued Hazard Mountains, guests walk through rich coastal forests and discover the purest of white beaches including the world-renowned Wineglass Bay. Led by engaging knowledgeable guides, guests are taken by boat into remote and rarely explored corners of the Freycinet National Park. Here they discover diverse marine and wildlife, nesting lagoons, wildflowers and other unique flora. A variety of abilities are catered for and the walk covers between 24 and 37 kilometers. Guests can choose between challenging mountain climbs or more leisurely coastal routes before regrouping at the end of the day. Guests also travel light needing only to carry a small daypack for their lunch and camera. Welcomed each evening to the award winning Friendly Beaches Lodge; guests enjoy stunning architecture, friendly genuine service and private rooms with comfortable beds. Exclusively for the use of the walking group (max ten guests), Conversation flows and friendships form quickly in this intimate atmosphere. Charming lodge hosts create sophisticated and nourishing meals with the very best Tasmanian produce, complimented by the finest of local wines.

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Freycinet Marine Farm

The Freycinet Marine Farm sales room is located near Coles Bay on Tasmania's east coast. We are a two-and-a-half hour drive form Hobart and two hours from Launceston - part of the very popular Great Eastern Drive. The sales room is open every day from 0900 until 1700, offering freshly harvested mussels, oysters and local Tasmanian Rock lobster, abalone, scallops, urchin and salmon all from Tasmanian's waters. You can sit at one of the picnic tables or enjoy lunch on one of the coastal beaches. Tasmanian wine and beer is also available from the sales room. The farm is made up of six different growing regions totaling just less than 185 acres and is a mixture of estuarine and fully marine growing areas. The estuarine areas are in the Great Swanport river estuary. The marine zones are offshore from the Freycinet National Park and are open to the Southern Ocean to the south. Come and join us to taste the love from the ocean at our farm gate shop.

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Freycinet Vineyard

Freycinet Vineyard is a family-run vineyard and winery overlooking Tasmania's famed Freycinet National Park. Established in 1980 by Geoff and Susie Bull, the east coast site was selected for its ideal microclimate - long sunshine hours and lean soils that encourage vines to focus on fruit not foliage. The family tradition of winemaking is continued by their daughter Lindy and her husband Claudio Rodenti. You will observe the traditional techniques of barrel fermentation and maturation. Tight-grain French oak casks are used and minimal intervention ensures the wines retain their maximum colour and flavour. You can sample some of the vineyard's handcrafted wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling/Schonburger, cabernet sauvignon and the Rodenti sparkling, against the spectacular backdrop of the Freycinet Peninsula. The vineyard is open to the public for tastings seven days a week, 364 days a year. There are no tours of the vineyard. Freycinet Vineyard is located approximately 15 minutes' drive (18 kilometres) south of Bicheno on Tasmania's east coast. Bicheno is just over two-hours' drive from Launceston.

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Geckostrands Textile Artist

Geckostrands is a textile studio creating eco dyed wool and cashmere wearables. The studio is situated 1.9 kilometres south of Franklin village overlooking the Huon River. This contemporary studio designed by the GASP architects, Room 11 provides a fabulous place to interact with the artist creating the works. You will be able to find fine merino wool scarves, cashmere scarves and hand knitted kid mohair, silk and wool wearables. Just ring Linda on the number listed so they can warmly welcome you into the studio, explain the process and introduce you to the distinctive smell of Eucalypts embedded into works. All created naturally, without chemicals with a sustainable process and product.

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Geeveston Golf Club

Geeveston Golf Club is a nine-hole country golf club at Geeveston in the Huon Valley. Geeveston's location in the southern forests dictate its weather pattern. It may be slightly cooler at any time of the year, so always make sure you have a warm jacket and wet weather gear. To reach Geeveston from Hobart, take the Highway A6 to Huonville and continue through Franklin, home of the Wooden Boat School, to Geeveston. Other phone contacts are 03 62 971959 (President/Secretary) and 03 62971341 (Board member).

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Geeveston Visitor Centre

The Geeveston Visitor Centre, located in the impressive red brick building in the centre of town was the former Town Hall built in 1914. Open 7 days a week, knowledgeable and friendly staff provide up to date travel information, itineraries, tour suggestions and a free booking service for Geeveston, the Huon Valley, the Far South and other regions around Tasmania. Geeveston is known as the gateway to the southern forests and the Hartz Mountains National Park, the centre is a booking agent for Tasmanian National Parks passes and also provides information on walks within the region. The Geeveston Visitor Centre contains a providore with local food, wines and ciders, a gift shop with souvenirs, books, maps and artwork by local artisans. Visitors can view a working wood turner located within the centre. Museum located on the mezzanine floor contains local history and artifacts, particularly machinery associated with the timber industry. Visitors can also learn about the Australia's biggest trees that are located close to the township of Geeveston, purchase products from the beautiful native timbers of Tasmania and view an impressive two-thousand-year-old cross section of a Huon Pine tree. Awesome playground and platypus walk is located in adjacent Heritage Park.

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George Town to Low Head Kanamaluka Walking and Cycling Trail

The George Town to Low Head Kanamaluka Walking and Cycling Trail follows the Tamar River. Suitable for walkers, runners and cyclists, this free and easily accessible trail was opened in 2011 and was designed to be used by people of all abilities. It is six kilometres in length and begins at York Cove in George Town. Cycling is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience the trail, and bicycle hire is available from the George Town Visitor Information Centre for use on the trail and around the George Town area. The Kanamaluka trail links together key historical sites and areas of natural beauty and wildlife interest, such as Lagoon Bay, York Cove, Windmill Point and the Low Head Pilot Station. You will learn lots along the way about Tasmanian wildlife, colonial and convict history and how Tasmania communicates with the rest of the world. Did you know that where the Tamar River meets Bass Strait, is one of the deepest points of the entire Bass Strait? This makes it popular for shipping and also highly rich in biodiversity, providing you with plenty to see whether it be marine vessels or wildlife.

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Glass Manifesto

The gallery is conveniently located within minutes of Launceston airport and only a short drive to the centre of Launceston. Situated within a working hot glass studio the gallery represents the most extensive and diverse range of handmade glass in Tasmania. You are welcome to visit the gallery, meet the artists and gain an insight into the wonders of glass-making. Located in Tasmania's most iconic and interesting buildings of industrial heritage, Glass Manifesto asks that you dress warmly for winter visits.

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Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery

As a designer, artist and passionate upcycler, my underlying philosophy is to create products and source materials as ethically as I can. I find and reinvent vintage and preloved clothing, fabrics and other materials with natural dyes and deconstruction techniques, allowing them to inspire my work. Materials for eco dyeing are foraged from our own property, where I can manage the trees and plants respectfully. My business is based in north-eastern Tasmania, Australia; this is where I display and sell my work, host exhibitions, and run workshops.

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Gordon River - The

The dark waters of the Gordon flow through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area before entering Macquarie Harbour. Cruise boats from Strahan explore several kilometres of the river's wide calm lower reaches with their often perfect reflections of riverside rainforest. Disembark at Heritage Landing and follow a short boardwalk track to see ancient Huon pines, several thousand years old.

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Grandlee Cottage

Grandlee Cottage, housed in a charming 1891 heritage building is like stepping back in time. Beautifully presented and packaged natural products with many to choose from, along with hand poured beeswax candles are just some of the wonderful things. You will be amazed at the old world charm of gifts on offer. With a little bit of country, rustic and a drop of French shabby chic, you can create a style that suits any home. Whether looking for a Tasmanian souvenir or that gift for someone special, you will marvel at what this shop has to offer, all in a very relaxing atmosphere. Inspired by the wilderness, wonderful aromas from all the many things will delight your senses taking you on a journey of days gone by. A truly uniquely Tasmanian experience, right in the heart of Latrobe. A shop with ambiance to captivate you. Make this a must visit destination while in Latrobe.

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Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery

Grandvewe Sheep Farm Cheesery sits in the lush Huon Valley south of Peppermint Bay. Discover Tasmania's only Sheep Milk Cheesery, where you can meet the sheep, taste up to 15 different cheeses and enjoy a wine while viewing the whole process of cheese making and maturing. From September to March you can see sheep milking demonstrations daily from 3.30pm. Children are welcome to feed and pat the lambs throughout summer. While visiting, why not check out the café restaurant where you can enjoy various seasonal dishes and platters - incorporating our famous cheeses and farm grown smallgoods - on the deck overlooking the spectacular D'Entrecasteaux Channel. The Cheesery also offers wonderful homemade gourmet delights to take home and enjoy with your cheese. Now onsite we also have the worlds first Sheep Whey Distillery. We make Vodka, Gin and and Oaked Vodka similar to a whisky. Our vodka just won Worlds Best Vodka at the World Vodka awards in London 2018.

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Greenoaks Gallery

Established in the 1990’s, Greenoaks Gallery in Launceston was a unique and much loved neighbourhood gallery for many years. More recently it became a private residence. We have now renovated the building, enhancing its delightful original features and reopened using the same name. We aim to bring the same unique appeal and personal touch to the gallery as it enjoyed in its past. The gallery features the work of our resident artist, Dan Villiers, who works in a wide variety of styles and mediums. Pastel, watercolour, acrylic, drawing and encaustic painting are some of the mediums. Dan paints scenery, flora and fauna from the region in and around Launceston and Northern Tasmania. When you visit he will gladly talk to you about his work and how he created specific pieces. We are on the picturesque park at St Georges Square. Locals enjoy strolling and picnicing in the shady green park. Cafes and specialty stores can be found on the park and in neighbouring streets. Ample parking is available right by the gallery.

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Image: Tasman Island Cruise. Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

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